The Delhi government has demarcated 14 new containment zones across south-west, north, north-west and south-east districts, government official said on Friday.
Six new containment zones were added in the south-west district after 39 Covid-19 cases were reported in a cluster from Vikaspuri, Palam and Kanganheri village in the last few days.
East and North districts have the highest 17 zones each. The South district has 16 red zones. East and West districts have one zone each.
The South-West district has 10 red zones while North West and Central districts have eight zones each. The North East district has five zones while Shadhara district has six zones.
“Four COVID-19 cases were reported from Deep Enclave, seven from DG3 block Vikaspuri, eight from Kanganheri village, four from Puran Nagar, eight from F-block Vikaspuri and eight more from Sadh Nagar in Palam Colony. These cases were reported in the last 3-4 days. The containment operations were started 2-3 days back,” an official at the office of the district magistrate (south-west) said on Friday.
Apart from six containment areas in southwest district, the other new containment zones are EE-Block Jahangirpuri, E2 block Jahangirpuri, Lal Bagh In Azadpur, D-1 block Jahangirpuri, JJ Camp Badli, C-block Mangolpuri, Naharpur Village in northwest district and Sunlight Colony-1 in southeast district.
Total number of containment zones is now 92. The government also decontained one area B-Block New Ashok Nagar in east Delhi.
Containment zones comprise apartment blocks, gated communities, slums, streets, even entire neighbourhoods. They are complete quarantine zones and no one is allowed to step out even to buy essential goods such as milk, vegetables, fruits etc. All the entry and exit points and even the internal lanes are barricaded. The authorities allow only a number of selected vendors to supply groceries and other essentials to the neighbourhood with the help of RWA and civil defence volunteers.
The administration officials said that a buffer zone would be made around each containment zone where banners and posters would be pasted to make people aware of the containment zone. “Medical authorities will test owners and employees working at grocery and medical stores for Covid-19,” the official said.
As many as 11,659 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in the national capital. 5,567 persons have been cured while the death toll is 194 in Delhi, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
There are 66,330 active cases of COVID-19 in the country at present. As many as 3,583 people have lost their lives due to the coronavirus in the country.